Open Casting Call Announcement: Shrek The Musical Auditions

Washington, DC / Herndon, VA — NextStop Theatre Company is seeking young performers in 3rd through 9th grade for a full-scale musical production of SHREK THE MUSICAL this holiday season. This is an open call for unpaid/volunteer roles for this annual community outreach program. The production is supported by a team of high caliber directors, designers, technical personnel, and actors from NextStop’s professional company.


Production Information:

Shrek The Musical

Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig,

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Jeanine Tesori,

Originally produced on Broadway by Dreamworks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions


NextStop Theatre, Herndon Virginia

December 1-22, 2018


Rehearsals and Performance Schedule:

Rehearsals for “Shrek The Musical” will take place between September 16th and November 30th. Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals, but until a schedule is published, please anticipate attending a majority of rehearsals as follows:

September and October: Tues/Thur (6-8:30pm), Sat (9am-12pm)

End of October-November: Mon/Tues/Thurs (6-8:30pm), Sat (9am-12pm)

November 26 to November 30: Nightly: 6-9pm

There will be no rehearsal from November 21-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.


Performances will be on Friday evenings at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday at 1pm and 5pm between December 1-122.



NextStop Theatre

269 Sunset Park Drive

Herndon VA 20170

For help finding the theatre, please visit NextStop’s Contact Page.



We are looking for young actors and actresses in 3rd through 9th grade to portray characters in this musical fairytale.


Audition Dates & Times:

  • Monday, September 24, 6:00pm-8:30pm
  • Thursday, September 27, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Auditions are BY APPOINTMENT. Actors must reserve an audition space online. Those unable to attend either audition date may e-mail: to discuss their situation, however, there are no guarantees actors with conflicts can be accommodated.

Signups will close on Sunday, September 23 at 5pm. Those who have not reserved an audition time will only be seen at the end of the audition day, and only if time permits.

The audition process is designed to be as comfortable for young (but professional-acting) performers as possible. Actors will be seen in groups and asked to perform individually for the Director and other performers.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time to check-in.


Fees and Expenses:

There is no tuition or enrollment fee for participation in NextStop Theatre’s production of “Shrek The Musical.” Performers may be asked to provide certain garments for parts of their costume, if they are readily available and/or reasonably affordable. Otherwise, all costumes, props, and scenic elements will be constructed or purchased by NextStop Theatre and remain the company’s property following the show.


Audition Checklist:

1) Review the Performer and Parent Expectations

2) Sign Up for an Audition Appointment Time

3) Complete an Actor Audition Form Online

4) Prepare for Your Audition

Visit the audition materials folder, prepare one of the provided monologues and song selections, and bring your audition materials with you to the audition.

5) Bring A Printed Photo

Your audition photo does not need to be a professional headshot, but the photo should be recent and look like the actor. This helps the Director remember the actor’s audition! Photos will NOT be taken or printed at the audition location, and photos will not be returned.


All questions related to this production or auditions should be sent to:

Please do not call the theatre.

Audition Checklist:

If you have additional questions after reading this page AND the audition materials in their entirety, you may submit questions via email to the address at the bottom of this page. Due to the number of anticipated inquiries, we respectfully request that you limit your questions to email. Please do not call the theatre with questions about the audition process for this show.